Might the South Side's Mr. Perfect end up in Cooperstown?
Mark Buehrle was announced as one of 11 first-timers on the Hall of Fame ballot, joining 14 returning names up for election into baseball's most esteemed fraternity as part of the Class of 2021.
The longtime White Sox lefty is one of the most celebrated players in club history. He delivered some of the franchise's most iconic moments, highlighted by his perfect game in 2009 and his contributions to the team's World Series championship in 2005.
He spent a dozen seasons in a White Sox uniform, ending his South Side tenure after the 2011 campaign with a 3.48 ERA and just shy of 2,500 innings pitched. In his major league career, which featured four seasons with the Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays after he left the White Sox, Buehrle logged a 3.81 ERA and more than 3,200 innings of work. He was remarkably consistent and durable, making at least 30 starts in every full season he pitched. He also established himself as an elite defender at the pitcher position, winning four Gold Gloves in his career.
Voters will decide whether that resume is worthy of the Hall of Fame. Buehrle's already earned his place in White Sox lore, though, as signified by his retired No. 56 at Guaranteed Rate Field and the countless memories fans hold of his playing days.
In addition to Buehrle, other former White Sox on this year's ballot are Omar Vizquel, Manny Ramirez, Andruw Jones, Sammy Sosa and Nick Swisher.